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FILE - In this frame grab taken from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in an ambulance after being pulled out or a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The White Helmets, were among the crowd of first responders who pulled Daqneesh and his family from the rubble of their apartment building Wednesday night. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)

Note to Gary Johnson: This is Aleppo



Warning: this is painful to watch. 

Appearing Thursday on "Morning Joe," Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson set a new bar for a lack of policy specifics. 

Mike Barnicle: "What would you do if you are elected about Aleppo?"

Gary Johnson: "And what is Aleppo?"

Barnicle: "You're kidding."

Johnson: "No."

Barnicle: "Aleppo is in Syria."

'I do understand Aleppo'

After he was further pressed by co-host Joe Scarborough, Johnson clarified:

"I do understand Aleppo and I understand the crisis that is going on. But when we involve ourselves militarily, when we involve ourselves in these humanitarian issues, issues, we end up with a situation that in most cases is not better, and in many cases ends up being worse."


This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), shows Syrians carrying a victim after barrel bombs were dropped on the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Syria activists said, at least 15 civilians have been killed when suspected government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a wake for children killed in earlier airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)

What is Aleppo?

Aleppo, Gary Johnson, is a city in northern Syria that's seen some of the heaviest fighting in Syria's five-year-long civil war.

A city in ruins, 300,000 trapped

Once an economic powerhouse, much of Syria's most populous city now lies in ruins. Aleppo is divided: Forces loyal to the regime control the west, and the rebels control the east.

Fighting between the two sides has left thousands of people dead, including <b>some 4,500 children</b>

Syrian government forces have relentlessly bombed civilian areas, including hospitals, according to rebels and opposition activists.

Up to 300,000 people are trapped without access to food or medical supplies from outside the city. 


Most recently, more than 100 people were hospitalized, including dozens of children, after a suspected chlorine gas attack in an opposition-held neighborhood in east Aleppo. 

'A humanitarian catastrophe' 

In August, the United Nations warned Aleppo was at risk of "humanitarian catastrophe." The UN has been pushing to get weekly 48-hour pauses in the fighting to allow aid into the eastern part of the city.

The crisis, of course, is not limited to Aleppo. The UN says there are <b>over half a million people</b> in besieged areas in Syria, and an estimated 5.5 million Syrians are in "hard-to- reach areas."

المشاهد الأولية لقصف طائرات حربية يعتقد أنها روسية على حي القاطرجي 17-8-2016

Remember Omran?

If you missed the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Aleppo, you've at least heard of Omran.

This confused, bloodied 5-year-old Aleppo boy became of symbol the tragedy in a video that went viral last month. 

In case you're stumped on Aleppo again, Gov. Johnson, Twitter will be there to remind you.

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